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Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People

Colossians 3:23 is easier said than done isn’t it?

Sadly, this verse has been relegated to the “trite sayings of the Bible.”

But what if we read it in context?

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites. (Colossians 3:22-25)

Paul was originally talking to slaves. People who were property. Owned. Either by choice or other means. They didn’t get to choose who their master was or the work they did. But they did get to choose Who they ultimately severed and the quality of their work.

When we do our jobs, tasks, projects, chores, etc. as an act of worship to God rather than a J.O.B. our attitude changes.

The drudgery lifts.

The boredom dissipates.

When we determine to shift our focus from ourselves to God, His glory, and furthering His Kingdom here on Earth, we allow His Spirit to move, live, and breathe through us. This liberates change in our perception about our reality.

Instead of harboring resentment toward our bosses and/or the demands, challenges, and monotony of our jobs; we’re able to understand these troubles are a cost of discipleship and an avenue God is using to refine our character and integrity.

Then we’re empowered to

  • Silence our complaining
  • Be Light in the darkness
  • Change the culture of where we work
  • Treat those around us with respect, dignity, and value
  • Demonstrate our faith to those we work with
  • Find pleasure and joy in our work…and maybe even excitement

This is true even if you work in a toxic environment. Faithfully serve God while He has you there—even if you’re praying for an opportunity to move elsewhere. You have no idea what seeds you’re planting. Whose faith you’re encouraging. Or how God is refining you. Fact is, you may never know this side of Heaven, and that’s ok.

Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Prayer

Jesus, give me what I need today to shift my focus to serving You rather than pleasing others. Please accept my work as an act of worship. Give me your attitude and courage as I face my day. I confess neither have been great. Forgive my resentments and selfish behavior…(you finish from here)

Blessings~

Cheyenne

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4 thoughts on “Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People”

  1. Dear My Beloved Sister in Christ Jesus Mrs. Cheyenne Olson. Good afternoon or Good evening according to your time, thank you very much for your care to send to me, thank you for your nice and long letter, I agree with you that Sadly, this verse ( Colossians 22-25) has been relegated to the “trite” saying of the Bible, Yes we must know and understand these troubled are a cost of discipleship and an Avenue, God is using to refine our character and integrity then we are empowered to: – – – – – – 1-Silence our complaining – – – – – – – 2-Be light in the darkness – – – – – – – – 3-change the culture of where we work. 4-Treat those around us with respect. We can summerize in this verse(Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ) (Philippians 1:27)We read also (Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.) (Colossians 4:1) You see that when the servants must obey their masters, in the same time that their Masters must be give them just and equal. Thank you very much, you are very excellent teacher, you have many best qualities, we learn from you many good things, you are gift from God, full of the Holy Spirit, you have a great ministry, your heart is inditing a good matter, you speak things which you have made touching the heart of many, your tongue is the pen of a ready writer..You are the most precious, virtuous, your price is far above rubies, heart of your husband does safely trust in you, and I love you, I am so proud of you, you are matter, you are worthy, and your life, your family and your ministry are matter. God bless you and your family as well all staff working with you in your ministry. Much love. Your Brother in Christ Jesus. Mr. Sabry Abdo Elias. Email :sabryabdo524@gmail.com – – – – – – With my Best regards to your husband and your Son Macron and his girl friend Ana and her mother Kelly and Eve and Andy McGuire. God bless all. Wish you have a Blessed Day.

    On Mon, 17 Aug 2020, 1:00 p.m. Vibrant Relevance, wrote:

    > Cheyenne Olson posted: ” Colossians 3:23 is easier said than done isn’t > it? Sadly, this verse has been relegated to the “trite sayings of the > Bible.” But what if we read it in context? Slaves, obey your earthly > masters in everything you do. Try to please them all th” >

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